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Goths, Punks, and Metalheads Can Now Be Hate Crime Victims in the UK

Goths, Punks, and Metalheads Can Now Be Hate Crime Victims in the UK

One British police force will treat violence against goths, punks, and metalheads as hate crimes.

The Greater Manchester Police (GMP) will record crimes made on “alternative subcultures" as such, an idea that was sparked by the death five years ago of a 20-year-old, who was targeted for being a goth.

Chief Constable Garry Shewan of the GMP said in a statement, “We are able to officially recognize that people who wish to express their alternative subculture identity freely should not have to tolerate hate crime--something that many people have to endure on a daily basis.”

The offenses will be recorded by police as hate crimes, but it isn’t a law. Shewan said on Twitter that the “motivation, hate, prejudice or hostility” can be presented to the court.

The UK also recognizes hate crimes on the grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation, and disabilities.

For more, here's a video report.

 



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